Rajasthan is known for its historical forts, memorials and confluence of Rajput and Mughal architectural styles. But there is more to it! There lies an eyeball attraction – a mandatory jungle safari in the deciduous forests of Ranthambore National Park, which is a must-visit spot if you ever happen to visit the exotic ‘Land of Kings’.
Randeep Hooda, the Bollywood star, set out his heart on the expedition wandering through the forests of Ranthambore. He was accompanied by two companions Parveen Kaswan, IFS officer and Sudheer Choudhary, former forest officer.
Interestingly, the actor shared the history behind the Ranthambore Fort and the periphery that lines the park. He shared his newfound knowledge by saying that the fort was built by Rajput’s( Chauhan clan) in the 10th century.
The entrance to the gate of the fort is known as ‘Hammir Gate’ as the place was once ruled by Hammir Dev, a Chauhan ruler. The fort was taken over by Alauddin Khilji, the Delhi Sultanate ruler after Dev lost to Khilji in a long-drawn battle.
The hill fort is studded with Hindu, Muslim and tribal reminders of faith. There is a Ganesh temple at the top which marks the entrance to the park.
The park is layered with tremendous natural beauty, the actor shared his experience by imparting knowledge about the several lakes that exsist within the forest park such as Rajbagh, Padam Talao, Malik Talao.
But what caught his attention was Siddhi, a tigeress he spotted just minutes after entering the park. He said, “She finished cooling off in the water and wandered into the forest. We then moved on to find her sister Riddhi walking along Rajbagh lake. She was limping. We got to know that it’s due to one of her many fights with Siddhi. We finally learned of the big war going on for the territory around the lakes between the two daughters and their mother Arrowhead, the reigning queen of the lakes. There can be only one dominant female in the territory. The daughters, now grown up, each wants this picturesque and abundant territory to herself.”
The Sarbjit actor saw many animals such as sambhar, stags, dappled cheetal, Indian gazelle and even, mongoose. With that he concluded his 10th jungle safari, the most he could have ever done in one jungle.